Elder Sign

Elder Sign

Product #FFGSL05

Regular Price: $34.95

Special Price: $29.79

10 In stock

Manufacturer: Fantasy Flight Games


Elder Sign lets players control investigators who must successfully endure adventures within the museum in order to gather clues, items, and the eldritch knowledge they need to seal the rifts between dimensions and prevent the Ancient One's arrival. A clever and thematic dice mechanic pits their exploration against monsters and the sheer difficulty of staying sane and healthy while investigating the most dangerous exhibits and most terrifying instances of insanity.


Elder Sign recreates the Lovecraftian thrills of eerie suspense and mind-numbing horrors in a cooperative game players can finish in one to two hours. Rules, card text, and innovative dice mechanics expertly designed by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, the designers of Arkham Horror, all blend in a game that's quick to learn, quick to play, strategic enough to reward frequent replay, and eccentric enough to immerse players in the museum's supernatural intrigue.


Ages: 14+
Players: 1-8
Game Length: 60-120 minutes



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Different but equal to Arkham Horror and Eldritch Horror
Arkham Horror - Needlessly complex, but a great challenge from setting up to the epic climax six hours later.

Eldritch Horror - Missing some thematic elements and depth, but much faster to set up and play. Still the same amount of real estate taken up.

Elder Sign - Quarter of the real Estate, easy set up, fast play. The lighter theme of eldritch Horror is still there. It may seem simple, but you will not win every game unless the Dice Gods love you. You will have to make tough decisions and there is a luck aspect due to the dice. Not for everyone, but definitely fun for all skill levels.

If you want a faster journey through Lovecraft's domain, this is perfect for you. I love all three equally and if you have friends and loved ones hesitant to join you before, this is will definitely entice.
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Review by Matthew on 1/24/2016
Fun Co-Op dice game.
I bought this as an alternative to Eldritch Horror as the theme is similar. This is a light game that has Yahtzee style dice rolling. It is fun and very easy to teach. It is a good alternative to the longer game of Eldritch Horror if you like rolling dice. The Co-op element is fun as you are working together to complete the cards. Cards are completed by rolling dice and matching the symbols. Overall this is a great dice game.
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Review by Jon on 10/15/2015
Arkham Horror Light
While not nearly robust as some others of it's genre (Arkham Horror, Eldrich Horror, Mansions of Madness, etc.) this game most definitely finds it's niche. If you want a "Lite" version of anything of the previously mentioned games this will work out well. Short setup and take down time make it much more manageable for games who just want to play something quick. The thematic feel is still there even though this is isn't a true "board" game. The doomsday clock ticking down and trying to decide which mission to accomplish with the time you have left is entertaining. I am looking forward to getting the expansions AFTER my friends and I can routinely beat the base game.
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Review by KJ_Rabbit on 10/7/2015
Too light and easy for fans of Arkham or Eldritch Horror
As a fan of Eldritch Horror who has also played Arkham Horror, I picked up this game hearing from multiple people that this is just the quick version of those games. After playing this one, it is way too easy and doesn't have much theme to it compared to the other FFG games. Most of the item cards have the same ability of rolling one or the other dice which made variety lacking and gameplay repetative. Choose a room to go to, roll dice yahtzee style, did you meet the conditions for the card? Was a total snoozefest and didn't have any story to it whatsoever. I'd suggest picking up Eldritch Horror instead of this game if you want some story telling or variety.
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Review by Charles on 10/6/2015
Great Co-op!
I think this a great intro to the Lovecraft universe. I'm not well versed or even remotely interested in the theme but it's an extremely fun game. It is plenty difficult as a base set. Lots of replay with this game as well. Dice chucking is always fun but when it's at mythical monsters that are trying to destroy the world, it's very satisfying to pull off a win! Get this before you even think about Arkham or Eldritch Horror.
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Review by Joel on 9/29/2015
Arkham Horror: The Dice Game
If you love Arkham Horror, like I do, but don't have the time or table space to play as often as you want, then this game is for you. Elder Sign is a thematic horror game set in the Lovecraft mythos that uses dice rolling as its main mechanic using custom dice for the game. You must explore a creepy museum & stay alive/sane while doing it. Although Elder Sign loses a little bit of theme when compared to Arkham Horror, it plays much faster & a good storyteller can overcome the game's thematic shortcomings. A fast, fun & thematic game that will have you screaming at both your victories & losses.
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Review by Mac on 9/25/2015
Great co-op dice game
Elder sign is a great, relatively light cooperative dice game. It's not particularly difficult to learn (especially if you watch ffg's video), but does feel like it takes a little longer than the complexity of the game warrants, though not by much.

If you hate excessive randomness, then this is definitely not the game for you (it is a dice game after all). But if you enjoy dice games or are a general Lovecraft fan, this game is highly recommended.
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Review by Joshua on 9/22/2015
Intense Lovecraftian survival via dice rolling
Elder sign takes you from the streets of Arkham into the hallowed halls of the museum. Like most Arkham games, players portray ordinary people facing off against a myriad of elder gods in hopes of sealing it away with elder signs.

Locations of the museum are randomly generated and provide their own risk and rewards. Using dice, players try to achieve certain combinations of dice and complete the area of the museum to gain items, clues, and elder signs. Failure though, can come at a punishing price.

The threat level of the game is a constant high. This game can be very unforgiving and each die roll can feel very intense. So this game is not for the faint of heart. But achieving victory is awesome.

There is a lot of game in the box as well for the price. From the different types of characters, locations, items, and elder gods there are seemingly endless combinations. This is a definite must have for Arkham fans.
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Review by Wireframe on 9/16/2015
It's a good gateway horror game
So Arkham Horror is daunting, Mansions of Madness is quite a setup, but you have that itch for horror and you need to scratch it. Try Elder Sign. In the same vein of Fantasy Flight card and dice games Elder Sign shines fairly bright. Every play through is different because the cards you draw are random. The quality of the artwork is, as we've come to expect from FFG, excellent. It strikes the right chords and pulls on the right emotions from the darker side of the brain. You can feel the tension as things build to a crescendo and by the end you will be shouting at the dice and crying out in despair or victory when you toss your dice and determine your fate. The game plays quicker than its more involved counterparts, for gameplay it may take a game or two for you to master the mechanics and determine a strategy. This game is an excellent representation of the tense horror genre that doesn't require a huge amount of setup!
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Review by LordNightwinter on 9/16/2015
Creepy fun stuff
You can view many "how to play" videos on youtube, so I'll be brief.

The main game mechanic is to roll the dice in order to complete tasks. The scenario is pretty well done, you start to scream for the roll of a die, or when a doom token hits a monster space on the alien card.

Overall is pretty good, you can go solo or co-op. At the start is kind of hard to grasp all the elements, but if you watch a video of how to play it should be easy.
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Review by Gabriel C on 3/4/2013